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Hiking route recommended route Stage 4

JULIANA TRAIL: stage 4 Begunje - Bled

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Stage 4 is a flat stage that connects Begunje, a village below the Karavanke mountains, Radovljica, the cultural capital of the Julian Alps, and Bled as one of the most recognised places at the eastern entry area to the Julian Alps. The stage runs from Begunje to Radovljica and to the shore of Lake Bled.
easy
Distance 15.1 km
3:40 h
95 m
159 m
572 m
415 m

The stage starts in Begunje, in front of the Tourist Information Centre or in front of the Slavko Avsenik Museum, which is dedicated to the most renowned Slovenian composer of national folk music. Besides the Elan factory, where the famous Elan skis and boats are made, the Avsenik Inn and Museum are the basic sites that you just have to see. The trail runs from below the Karavanke mountain range, via the so-called Dežela (Land) to Dvorska vas, Gorica, Vrbnje to Radovljica. The old town centre of Radovljica is one of the most beautiful in Slovenia; the heritage of beekeeping, iron forging and national folk music can be felt all around. For some time, it has been well-known for the Radovljica Chocolate Festival.

The stage continues upstream along the Sava River to the famous Šobec Campsite near the confluence of the Sava Bohinjka and Sava Dolinka Rivers. Continue to Bled and the Lakeside Promenade on the eastern shore of Lake Bled, where the stage ends. Bled is one of the main renowned tourist sites in Slovenia and the world with the island and church in the middle of the lake, the mighty castle just above the lake, and Straža Hill on the opposite side, which in summer and winter offers many options for views, walks and other sports activities.

Author’s recommendation

The stage runs on flat land and is interesting due to the many natural and cultural sights along the way. Take some time to visit Radovljica and Bled and their sights.
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Update: October 13, 2022
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Highest point
572 m
Lowest point
415 m
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Asphalt 55.97%Dirt road 35.25%Unknown 8%
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8.4 km
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5.3 km
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1.2 km
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Rest stops

STAMP - Radovljica, 484 m

Safety information

The entire stage has phone reception. The trail to Radovljica runs mostly on asphalt road; therefore, we recommend shoes for asphalt. The path along the Sava River can be slippery in bad weather.

Tips and hints

Hint by Triglav National Park: The Šobec wetland

The confluence of both ‘alpine’ rivers – the Sava Dolinka and the Sava Bohinjka – is well-known as the site of a popular campsite. With its favourable and secluded location and the abundance of water features, Šobec is a preferred habitat of many small animals.

Squirrels can be seen chasing each other among pine trees, and the riparian area is home to amphibians and the non-venomous grass snake. Dragonflies are indicators of clean water. Šobec is also a paradise for birders, as swans, grebes, kingfishers, white-throated dippers, tits and many other bird species can be spotted here throughout the year. A perfect sport to listen to the birdsong in the chill of the river and the shadow of high trees.

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Start

Car park in front of the TIC in Begunje. (571 m)
Coordinates:
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46.375041, 14.198843
DMS
46°22'30.1"N 14°11'55.8"E
UTM
33T 438385 5136030
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Destination

Lakeside promenade on the eastern shore of Lake Bled.

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail to Radovljica mostly runs on local roads through the villages, from Radovljica to Šobec; it runs along the themed Sava River Trail. Follow the marked Bled hiking trails from Šobec to Bled.

The trail starts at the car park in front of the TIC or the Avsenik Inn. The trail continues to the cemetery and school, and further through Begunje to Dvorska vas and Zgornji Otok. Turn right onto an unpaved road and continue across the field to Gorica. Turn right onto an asphalt road and continue to the motorway underpass. Turn left to Radovljica, walk on the pavement to the centre of the town, and below the old wall turn left to come to the old city centre. Continue right through the city ditch and make a steep turn right and once again right to come to the main town square.  Before the church at the end of the square, turn right to come to the viewing point of the Julian Alps and Triglav.

Continue along the asphalt road to the Sava River, turn right and after 500 metres left you come to a path, where you walk 800 metres. The path takes you to the vicinity of Šobec Campsite. Turn left onto the unpaved road to reach the campsite, and continue through the campsite to the bridge over the Sava. The trail runs along unpaved roads to Koritno, where you turn left onto an asphalt road and after 100 metres turn right to continue to Bled. After approximately 2 kilometres you come to the main Lesce – Bled road; at the roundabout turn right to the Infocenter Triglavska roža Bled. From there continue on the pavement along the main road to the lake, behind the Hotel Park, and turn right onto the Lakeside Promenade from where it’s another 500-metre to the Festival Hall.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Bus:

 

Train:

 

Jože Pučnik Airport in Ljubljana:

  • bus to Bled

Getting there

Motorway:

  • Ljubljana–Jesenice–exit Bled

 

Regional road:

  • Tolmin–Podbrdo–Soriška planina–Bohinjska Bistrica–Bled

Parking

  • Car park in front of TIC in Begunje.
  • Car parks in Bled.

Coordinates

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46.375041, 14.198843
DMS
46°22'30.1"N 14°11'55.8"E
UTM
33T 438385 5136030
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Equipment

Hiking shoes and season-appropriate clothing and hiking poles.

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Rating

3.6
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Tina M
October 30, 2022 · Community
Long, flat route throughout. First section goes thru villages and farms to Radovljica. Even tho the museums were closed, we spent over an hour and had lunch in Radovljica, a very charming town. After Radovljica, the trail follows the river and past a large campground and a nice meadow, then follows the road to Bled. Plan says it should take 4 hours, but it took us 6. It would take 4 hours if you don't stop anywhere!
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When did you do this route? October 03, 2022
T GV
October 13, 2022 · Community
combine it with a visit to the castle Grad Kamen! it is a pity that it is not in the route
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When did you do this route? October 11, 2022
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Anja Hajdinjak Jovanovic
March 26, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? March 26, 2022
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
15.1 km
Duration
3:40 h
Ascent
95 m
Descent
159 m
Highest point
572 m
Lowest point
415 m
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